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Confessions of a Disorganized Blogger

Ok, I have a couple of confessions. 

First confession: I come to blogging reluctantly.  The thought of blogging has always seemed like one more thing to keep up with in my already very full life. But with some encouragement from my colleagues I’ve decided to take the plunge.  (I consider it an opportunity for personal growth) 

Second confession: – I struggle with organization.  It’s been somewhat my life’s mission to someday conquer the beast of disorganization.  Ironically, I work for a company that is all about organization.  We talk about it all the time!  It’s kind of embarrassing to struggle with these issues in the midst of a lot of people who seem to just “get it”. 

On the other hand, working for Rubbermaid has been a big source of inspiration for me as I’ve tacked some of my organizational challenges.  The more I thought about it, I concluded that perhaps something I’ve struggled with, experienced, solved, might be of help to someone else and that appealed to me.  So here it goes.  .  .

I’ll start with a small hurdle.  (I think I read somewhere once that it’s good to start small and simple then work your way up to bigger challenges).  I organized my bows.  Big deal, right?  Well, it was for me. 

Previous state:  Bows were stashed in sundry places throughout the house – (in the guest room closet, in a drawer under the guest room bed, in the attic with the Christmas gift wrap and decorations).  Usually they were still in the original bags so when I would go to retrieve them, half were smashed and unusable. Often I couldn’t find the color I really needed so would end up going out and buying more. Perhaps I wanted a red bow, but since that was a holiday color it was in the attic and it was a pain to retrieve.  In the midst of this, I was in a hurry, wrapping the gift at the last minute (story of my life) in jeopardy of being late, dashing out the door, stressed . . . you get the picture.  Something had to be done to wrangle these pesky bows under control. 

Enter the Rubbermaid soft-sided holiday tote . . .

Blog - Bows - Knitting 001- Closed tote

Blog - Bows - Knitting 004 - Bows top view I used the internal ornament dividers to create sections and then organized all of my bows by color and size. 

  • Now I can pull down the box, flip open the lid and see at a glance my entire inventory.
  • It’s easy to spot and retrieve just the right bow for the occasion.
  • The structure of the box keeps my bows safely stowed so that they no longer get smashed.

And when I inevitably hit the after holiday sales and replenish my supply, each bow finds its way into its new home, the bag is discarded and I’m all set to go for the next gift-wrapping occasion.  It’s a little thing, but it makes me happy.

This victory gave me the confidence to tackle my next project, my yarn stash, which I will cover in my next post .  .

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10 Responses to Confessions of a Disorganized Blogger

  1. sandra plunkett January 13, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    Soft-sided holiday tote, where can I find them to buy? I have two for ornaments that I bought several years and have not seen them since. I need at least 5 or 6 more. They are flat and only one ornament deep!
    Sandra Plunkett
    352 Terrace Circle
    Brawley, CA
    760 344-0506

    • Erin Gentry January 20, 2012 at 11:42 am #

      Hi Sandra,

      Unfortunately our holiday storage items have been discontinued and we are no longer selling them.

      Sorry about that.


  2. Joyce November 12, 2009 at 11:29 am #

    Hi Sandy,
    Thanks for your comments. I really appreciate your calling my idea “creative”. Creativity is something I’m endeavoring to infuse into all aspects of my life so your choice of wording means a lot to me. Thanks!

  3. Joyce November 12, 2009 at 11:23 am #

    Hi Megan,
    Thanks for your comments. This blogging is really turning out to be quite fun! I had no idea!

  4. Joyce November 12, 2009 at 11:20 am #

    Hi Lauren,
    Sure come on over and wrap! I’m not good at wrapping so maybe we can negotiate a swap. I’ll supply the wrapping paper and bows and you can wrap my presents and yours. 🙂

  5. Joyce November 12, 2009 at 11:18 am #

    Hi Deb,
    Thank you so much for your encouraging words! I’m ready to tackle my next project.

  6. Megan G November 10, 2009 at 8:29 am #

    The ornament keeper works perfectly for bows! Good idea Joyce. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Sandy November 10, 2009 at 8:28 am #

    Great way to be creative in using a storage container! I like it!

  8. Lauren Spahr November 10, 2009 at 8:25 am #

    Joyce – cool idea on putting bows in the holiday ornament keeper! Would have never thought of that. Can I come wrap presents at your house this year?

  9. Deb Lee November 9, 2009 at 5:02 pm #

    So nice to meet you! I love that you started off with a small project. It’s easier to manage and a great motivator, especially when you are successful on your first attempt. Congratulations on taking the first step to getting more organized. =)

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